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Dr. Catherine Coxon

Associate Prof Environmental Sciences (Geology)

Associate Prof Environmental Sciences (Trinity Centre for the Environment)

  Earth science and hydrology   Environmental Science   Fresh water pollution   Hydrogeology   Water Pollution   Water Resources, Environmental Impacts
 Emerging organic contaminants arising in rural environments: investigations in karst and fractured bedrock aquifers
 Development of an ecohydrology framework for setting environmental flow standards for Irish rivers
 Interactions between hydrology and ecology of dune slack ecosystems
 Combining earth observation and geochemical tracing techniques (CONNECT) for groundwater detection and evaluation in Ireland
 Nitrogen attenuation along delivery pathways in agricultural catchments

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Member of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) 1984 present
President of IAH Irish Group 2000 2003
Secretary of IAH Irish Group 1988 1990
Member of IAH International Commission on Hydrogeology of Karst 1990 present
Member of Irish Groundwater Working Group for the Water Framework Directive 2003 present
Member of Irish Working Group on Karst 1995 present
Member of Geosciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy 2004 2008
Member of Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland 1995 present
Member of Women in Technology and Science 1990 present
Member of Irish Quaternary Association 1996 present
Member of Irish Geological Association 1993 present
Kimberley, S. & Coxon, C., Developing status tests for selected Irish groundwater-dependent terrestrial ecosystem (GWDTE) types as part of groundwater body status assessment under the EU Water Framework Directive, Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 115B, (2), 2015, p1 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McAleer, E., Mellander, P-E, Coxon, C., Richards, K.G. & Jahangir, M., Groundwater denitrification in two agricultural river catchments: influence of hydrogeological setting and aquifer geochemistry, Geophysical Research Abstracts, EGU General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 12-17 April 2015, 17, (EGU2015-12889), 2015, Meeting Abstract, PUBLISHED
Premrov, A., Coxon, C.E., Hackett, R., Kirwan, L. & Richards, K.G., Effects of over-winter green cover on soil solution nitrate concentrations beneath tillage land, Science of the Total Environment, 470-471, 2014, p967 - 974, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Jahangir, M.M.R., Minet, E.P., Johnston, P., Premrov, A., Coxon, C.E., Hackett, R. & Richards,K.G., Mustard catch crop enhances denitrification in shallow groundwater beneath a spring barley field, Chemosphere, 103, 2014, p234 - 239, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
K.M Tedd, C. Coxon, B.D.R. Misstear, D. Daly, M. Craig, A. Mannix and N. Hunter Williams, An integrated pressure and pathway approach to the spatial analysis of groundwater nitrate: a case study from the southeast of Ireland, Science of the Total Environment, 476-477, 2014, p460 - 476, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McManus, S-L., Moloney, M., Richards, K.G., Coxon, C.E. & Danaher, M., Determination and occurrence of phenoxyacetic acid herbicides and their transformation products in groundwater using ultra high performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry, Molecules, 19, 2014, p20627 - 20649, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
McManus, S-L, Richards, K.G., Grant, J., Mannix, A. & Coxon, C.E., Pesticide occurrence in groundwater and the physical characteristics in association with these detections in Ireland, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 186, 2014, p7819 - 7836, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McManus, S-L., Coxon, C.E., Richards, K.G. & Danaher, M. , Quantitative solid phase microextraction - Gas chromatography mass spectrometry analysis of the pesticides lindane, heptachlor and two heptachlor transformation products in groundwater, Journal of Chromatography A, 1284, 2013, p1 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL
Labite, H., Holden, N.M., Richards, K.G., Kramers, G., Premrov, A., Coxon, C.E. & Cummins, E., Comparison of pesticide leaching potential to groundwater under EU FOCUS and site specific conditions, Science of the Total Environment, 463-464, 2013, p432 - 441, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Kimberley, S. & Coxon, C., Evaluating the influence of groundwater pressures on groundwater-dependent wetlands, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2013, (STRIVE Report No. 100 (2011-W-DS-5)), 77pp, Report, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL

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Wilson, J., Rocha, C. & Coxon, C., Using GIS and natural tracers to evaluate groundwater discharge to lakes, Integrated Hydrogeology: Contemporary Principles, Policy and Practice (Proceedings of 35th Annual Groundwater Conference, IAH Irish Group), Tullamore, Offaly, 21-22 April 2015, International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), 2015, ppV.3 - V.10, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Coxon, C., Water quality in Irish karst aquifers, Water Resource Management: The Role of Hydrogeology (Proceedings of 34th Annual Groundwater Conference, IAH Irish Group), Tullamore, Offaly, 15-16 April 2014, International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group), 2014, ppII.9 - II.18, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Kimberley, S. & Coxon, C., Environmental supporting conditions for groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, 50, 2012, p38 - 40, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Tedd, K., Misstear, B., Coxon, C., Daly, D., Hunter Williams, T., Craig, M. & Mannix, A., A review of groundwater levels in the south-east of Ireland, Wexford, Environmental Protection Agency, 2011, 106pp, Report, PUBLISHED
Cunha Pereira, H., Coxon, C. & Allott, N., Turlough water quality and implications for groundwater management, Proceedings of the 29th Annual Groundwater Conference, International Association of Hydrogeologists Irish Group, Tullamore, Offaly, 21-22 April 2009, edited by Bartley, P. , IAH (Irish Group), 2009, pp107 - 110, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
McManus, S., Richards, K.G. & Coxon, C.E., Pesticide occurrence in Irish groundwaters, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, 47, 2009, p12 - 14, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Richards, K., Khalil, M., Fenton, O., Barrett, M., Jahangir, M., Johnston, P., Coxon, C. & O'Flaherty, V., Investigating subsoil and groundwater denitrification in Ireland, GSI Groundwater Newsletter, 47, 2009, p15 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Kilroy, G., Coxon, C., Daly, D., Hunter-Williams, T. & Jennings, S., Managing groundwater bodies in the Shannon pilot river basin for the Water Framework Directive, Proceedings of the Pilot River Basin Workshop - Groundwater & Water Framework Directive Management Plan, Rome, Italy, 3-4 May 2004, Tevere River Basin Authority, 2004, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Water pollution: the need to protect water resources in karst areas in, editor(s)Daly, D., Drew, D., Deakin, J., Ball, D., Parkes, M. & Wright, G. , The Karst of Ireland, Dublin, Karst Working Group / Geological Survey of Ireland, 2000, pp26 - 28, [Coxon, C.E. & Daly, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Agriculture in, editor(s)Daly, D., Drew, D., Deakin, J., Ball, D., Parkes, M. & Wright, G. , The Karst of Ireland, Dublin, Karst Working Group / Geological Survey of Ireland, 2000, pp25 , [Coxon, C.E., Drew, D. & Wright, G.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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I carry out research within the broad area of environmental earth science, mainly on groundwater quality. My specific interests include: · Rural groundwater quality problems, particularly nutrients and synthetic organic compounds · Groundwater vulnerability assessment and protection schemes · Karst hydrogeology and karst groundwater protection · Phosphorus loss to surface waters by different hydrological pathways · Groundwater - surface water interactions and integrated catchment management